Could robots help cure the loneliness epidemic among older Australians?
Loneliness is a big issue. All over the world, it’s been proven that we’re actually getting lonelier. In Russia, Japan, the USA, here in Australia and in so many other countries, we have the numbers now to show the epidemic is real. And it’s the elderly who are the most affected by it.
While I believe our modern high-tech world has, to some extent, exacerbated loneliness – with the rise of automation and social media and other evolving technologies – I also believe that new technological advances can and should be applied to help overcome the issue of loneliness and social isolation.